The history of Raleigh and North Carolina may date back to ancient times, but it was not officially “discovered” until the early 1500s by explorers from Spain. However, while explorers were busy conquering other parts of America, they decided to temporarily leave the area alone for the Indians to continue inhabiting.   However, the English – led by a man named Sir Walter Raleigh – were the first to establish the area as a permanent residence.

Even though Raleigh’s attempt to colonize the area failed, the land was named after him. And, it was not until the 1600s that Raleigh was inhabited again by white men. By 1775, there were about a quarter of a million people living in there. After the American Revolution, in 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to endorse the federal Constitution, and in 1792, the capital of North Carolina officially became named, “Raleigh.”

North Carolina was involved in the Civil War, as a “sympathizer” of the South. And, after the war, the state went through a reconstruction period. In 1880, the industrial revolution hit the area and business began to boom. Today, Raleigh and North Carolina emphasize industry and agriculture, and the state’s educational system. Raleigh continues to be a popular destination for many visitors and tourists